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streak

noun [C] uk   /striːk/ us  

streak noun [C] (MARK)

a long, thin mark that is easily noticed because it is very different from the area surrounding it: The window cleaner has left dirty streaks on the windows. I dye my hair to hide my grey streaks. Meteors produce streaks of light as they burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

streak noun [C] (CHARACTERISTIC)

an often unpleasant characteristic that is very different from other characteristics: Her stubborn streak makes her very difficult to work with sometimes. You need to have a competitive streak when you're working in marketing.

streak noun [C] (SHORT PERIOD)

a short period of good or bad luck: I just hope my lucky streak continues until the world championships. Their longest losing streak has been three games. After winning a couple of bets, he thought he was on a winning streak.

streak

verb uk   /striːk/ us  

streak verb (MOVE FAST)

[I usually + adv/prep] to move somewhere extremely quickly, usually in a straight line: The motorbike streaked off down the street. Did you see that bird streak past the window?

streak verb (RUN NAKED)

[I] to run naked through a public place in order to attract attention or to express strong disapproval of something

streak verb (MARK)

be streaked to have long, thin noticeable lines of a different colour: Doesn't Chris look good with her hair streaked? Her clothes were streaked with mud. White marble is frequently streaked with grey, black, or green.
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